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Departure of Lehi and His Family from Jerusalem

TitleDeparture of Lehi and His Family from Jerusalem
Publication TypeArtwork
Year of Publication1890
AuthorsChristensen, C.C.A.
DescriptionUnsigned, painted for the Deseret Sunday School Union, no date (1890), oil on composition board, 24 3/4" x 18 5/8"
KeywordsArabia; Lehi (Prophet); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Wilderness

Lehi was warned in a dream that he should flee Jerusalem with his family to escape a plot to murder him. They left with only what was essential for extended travel in the wilderness.

Christensen's art is a constant mix of naivete and sophistication. This is seen here in the clumsy but charming foreshortening of the camel and the carefully planted, hazy atmospheric perspective of the background.

Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 2